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Wikimedia gets first Indian on board

Wikimedia gets first Indian on board
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First Published: Mon, Apr 05 2010. 05 45 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 05 2010. 05 45 PM IST
New Delhi: Wikimedia has picked India’s Bishakha Datta as a member on its board of trustees. Datta is the first Indian and the second woman on the board.
In his welcome note, a few hours ago, Chair of Wikimedia, Micheal Snow extended his warm welcome saying that “her experience will be a wonderful asset and I think she is an ideal fit for the remaining board seat.”
Snow also said that Datta’s knowledge of Indian culture, her involvement in local as well as international nonprofit work has given her this opportunity and that it is a significant step in Wikimedia’s greater strategic plan.
Datta is a programme director of Point of View, a non profit organization that has worked extensively in conveying women’s perspectives through mainstream media like films, theatre, ads, music, books, radio and more.
The board of trustees of Wikimedia comprises of:
• Micheal Snow: Associated with Wikimedia since 2003, named chair of the board in July 2008.
• Jimmy Wales: Set up Wikimedia foundation in 2003 and Wikia in 2004. Appointed as a fellow of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and as a member of board of directors of social text.
• Jan-Bart de Vreede: Joined the board in December 2006, named vice-chair of Wikimedia Foundation in January 2007. Currently involved with Wikiwijs.
• Kat Walsh: The second woman member. A Wikimedia volunteer since 2004, appointed to Arbitration Committee on the English Wikipedia in October 2005, which she served on until joining the Board.
• Stu West: A BA in History from Yale University, with more than 17 years of financial experience, he joined Wikimedia board in April 2008.
• Ting Chen: Elected a trustee in June 2008, he started on the German Wikipedia and changed soon to the young Chinese Wikipedia. Also helped to organize the third Wikimania (Wikimania 2007) in Tapei.
• Arne Klempert: With several years of work experience in media, he joined Wikipedia in 2003. He is the co-founder and vice president of Wikimedia Deutschland, and has served as Wikimedia Deutschland’s executive director from 2006 to 2008. He is also the head of Digital Communications at IFOK.
• Matt Halprin: Joined the board in August 2009. Ex- vice president, Global Trust and Safety at eBay and at Quadlux. Matt leads Omidyar Network’s Media, Markets & Transparency initiative.
• Samel Klein: Elected to the Wikimedia Board in August 2009. Involved with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects for 6 years now.
• Bishakha Datta: Writer-director of documentary film ‘In the Flesh: three lives in prostitution’. Her first book, ‘And Who Will Make the Chapatis?’ focused on rural women’s participation in politics. She is currently researching ‘Selling Sex’, a full-length book on the struggle for sex workers’ rights in India. She is also a member of the board of directors in CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action).
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First Published: Mon, Apr 05 2010. 05 45 PM IST